FILLINGS OR RESTORATIONS
Fillings are necessary to replace diseased or broken tooth structure. Modern dental restorations are tooth colored composite resins or porcelain and are bonded to the remaining healty tooth enamel or dentin. Most cavities can be treated easily and painlessly when caught early. With routine dental cleanings and thorough examinations, we are usually able to stop the disease process at this early stage. Left undiagnosed, tooth decay (dental cavities) can lead to tooth pain and/or infection which can result in the need for root canal therapy or extraction.
Doctors Shirley and Ditty strive to provide the highest quality of dental care to all our patients. As a result, we are placing composite (tooth colored) restorations on all teeth due to the many benefits this material provides over amalgam (silver colored) restorations in most treatments.
The materials used in restoring teeth with the tooth colored fillings allow the most conservative treatment for the tooth. Only existing restorations (if any) and the diseased tooth structure are removed. Tooth colored fillings are made to fit the requirements of the tooth instead of the tooth being altered to allow for silver fillings. All healty tooth structure remains intact allowing improved options if future treatment becomese necessary.
Tooth colored restorations on back and baby teeth may require an additional out-of-pocket expense, depending on the benefit package your employer has secured with your insurance company. If you prefer or if your insurance benefits dictate silver restorations on back and baby teeth, please express your concerns with your dental provider before treatment begins.
Periodontal diseases may be prevented if you brush and floss every day to remove bacterial plaque and get regular dental checkups. If you do have periodontal disease, your hygienist will remove the calculus above and below the gum. This procedure is called scaling. In moderate or severe periodotitis, it may be necessary to smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This procedure, called root planing, removes residual calculus and bacterial by-products.
X-rays are a necessary part of the dental diagnostic process, allowing a complete and comprehensive evaluation of the existing conditions. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention. Digital radiography allows us to take x-rays using 60-80% less radiation versus conventional X-ray methods. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital X-ray technology allows us to enhanced the images for better diagnosis of dental concerns.
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